Created by Filipe Vilas-Boas, ‘Tracking Skynet‘ comprises the recording of a surveillance satellite whilst being under surveillance of the same – the process also known sousveillance (Steve Mann). Instead of concentring its attention on a star or on a planet, a 600 mm telescope has been hijacked to track a military satellite called Skynet – originally the artificial intelligence system’s name in Terminator.
The satellite was photographed using Atik Cooled CCD, using Prism software and thanks to Alcor System 600mm telescope at the astronomical observatory of Mars, Ardèche in France.
Filipe Vilas-Boas is a media artist exploring our use of technology and its political, social and environmental implications. See also The Punishment.